Is eating breakfast that important?
What happens when you eat late at night?
Should I leave a certain amount of time in-between meals?
If you are trying to lose weight then a longer period inbetween meals (fasting) will benefit fat loss.
As long as you leave between 14-16 hours between last and first meal then it does not matter what time, if fat loss is all you care about.
If you can do any cardio before your first meal, then this can benefit your fat loss.
This is simply known as Fasted Cardio which has been around for a long time.
If you want to sleep well, then eating a big meal 30-60mins before bed is more than likely going to affect your quality of sleep.
If you want to improve your energy levels then you should be eating something every few hours, to keep blood sugar regulated and not spiking or dropping.
If you want to gain muscle then you should make sure you eat enough, and before/after resistance training to give you the anabolic proficiency you need.
This is what an ideal day looks like for me training and eating included without including what I’m eating:
• Fasted Cardio/Abs Training – 10/11am
• Breakfast – 12pm
• Snack – 1:30pm
• Dinner – 4pm
• Resistance training – 5pm
• Have tea – 6:30pm
• Snack – 7:30pm
Sticking to this religiously is of course unattainable and we are not robots.
But I aim for this sort of routine, which gives me an 8 hour window of eating, then 16 hours to fast and recover.
Some people have to work long hours and shifts, and this makes it difficult.
With a bit of preparation beforehand, thinking ahead and some discipline you can make something like this work for you.
Do not become too disciplined that you become miserable and OCD with timings.
Balance and moderation is equally as important.
If you expect to stick to this kind of plan to the exact number and time, you will soon find yourself disappointed.
Always remember to take small steps towards your goals.
Too often we overwhelm ourselves with multiple goals and quickly get worn out. We then end up failing them all and staying in the same place.
If you do want a pizza every now and again at 1am or a late night trip to McDonald’s, it’s not going to kill you.
The key is in moderation.
Be aware of how often you are doing things like this and limit them as much as you can.
You should have some awareness of the times that you eat.
But you should not worry about it if every now and again you go off the rails with the timings and quality of food.
If you do fall off, have a good time doing it and get back to your routine ASAP.
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